Special Collections Access

The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary provides access to rare books, manuscripts, and archives.  We welcome use of the materials by faculty, students, and staff of the Union Theological Seminary and Columbia community, and by visiting researchers.

To access materials from the special collections please fill out our Special Collections Request Form.  Please note that at least 1 business day's notice is required for processing requests.  If you are planning on traveling to conduct research here, please fill out and submit the request form as far in advance as possible to ensure our ability to accommodate your visit.

Research Visits can only be accommodated during the Special Collections Reading Room open hours:

Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm and 2pm-4:30pm


The Special Collections Reading Room is located on floor L3 of the Library.

For more information about our Rare Books & Manuscripts please visit our site here.

For more information about our Archives please visit our site here.